Tum (in the photo), age 26, is single and lives with her parents and brothers and sisters in a village approximately twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh City. Her parents are rice farmers.
Tum is a garment worker. She is applying for a loan of $1,000 to assist in her parents’ rice farming business by buying rice seed and a pipe and water pumping machine.
MAXIMA Microfinance Plc is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.